Fodor's Expert Review The Arts Centre
Melbourne's most important cultural landmark is the venue for performances by the Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Melbourne Theatre Company, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. It encompasses Hamer Hall, the Arts Centre complex, the original National Gallery of Victoria, and the outdoor Sidney Myer Music Bowl. A 60-minute tour of the five floors of the complex, plus the current gallery exhibition and refreshment at the café, takes place Monday to Saturday at 11 am. On Sunday a 90-minute backstage tour begins at 11 am. Neither tour is suitable for children under 12 and both must be booked in advance. At night, look for the center's spire, which creates a magical spectacle with brilliant fiber-optic cables.